Have you ever tried to let your mind carry the burdens that you had already handed to Christ? Only painful tears can ever result from ever doing such a thing. You find yourself grieving rather than rejoicing.
But when you let your mind behold the rest that Christ has freely given to you from God, only then can you rejoice and celebrate.
Certain worship songs deflate me and sink me into the pains of the life when I didn’t know Christ as I know Him today. These songs can really depress you. They draw me to bitterness, rather than joy. They once again bring my attention to the pains that I have suffered.
I know a very good number of them, and they’re very popular. They don’t remind me of joy. Instead, they remind me of the struggles that I once had and the defeats that I suffered.
God said through Isaiah: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18)
My joy is not from the past. My joy is from Jesus. My joy is God.
Psalm 95, verse 1 says, “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”
Let us sing for joy to the Lord. Let us not sing for bitterness. Let us not sing to be reminded of the pains that we suffered. Let us sing for joy to the Lord.
I want to shed joyful tears to the Lord’s praise, not painful tears due to remembrance of my past.
Let’s not aggravate the wounds that have been healed. Instead, let us our mind and heart rejoice with the joy from above that is above any grief this world can ever render us.
Let’s point forward to Jesus, our everything, our new life.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)